Essential Safety Items for a Road Trip 

Road trips can be a lot of fun. Before you embark on a road trip, however, you should get prepared. These simple items are must-haves if you want to be ready for any emergency you might encounter on the road. Be sure to pack up and stop by IKO Car Wash before you head out.


Food and Water


Take plenty of extra food and water along with you for the trip, rather than just buying what you need along the way. If you break down in the middle of nowhere or get caught in a severe storm, then that food and water may be crucial.




Pack a few thick warm blankets or Mylar emergency blankets. If you’re stuck in a vehicle during a cold snap, staying warm is a priority. A blanket can hold in your body heat to prevent hypothermia.




Bring several safety candles (or candles in glass jars) in case warmth or visibility is an absolute must. Candles might not seem to generate much heat in a large house, but in a small space like a vehicle, they can raise the temperature to well above freezing and keep you warmer than a blanket alone. Candles can also be used as a light source or a beacon to attract rescue vehicles.


Basic Electronics


While you don’t want to clutter up your car with electronics, a few essentials can come in handy. Of course, you should always carry a cell phone so that you can call for help if you need it. You’ll also want a fully charged power bank or a solar-powered bank to keep your phone charged up and ready to go.


Repair Supplies


Keep a stash of basic repair supplies in the trunk, so you can fix minor problems and get back on the road again quickly. Some things to include are jumper cables, a jack, a shovel, a spare tire, road flares, a fire extinguisher, duct tape, a knife, and a tarp.


First Aid Kit


Don’t forget a first aid kit. If someone is hurt, it can take care of simple injuries, or keep more severe injuries stable until help arrives. Buy a package specially made for vehicles, which will fit more easily into your trunk or glove box. These often include extra items that a basic kit does not.




If you can’t use your car’s lighting, a flashlight is an indispensable item to have. After all, none of the items above are of much use if it’s a dark and you can’t see how to use them. Carry two flashlights along with you, so that you’ll have an extra one as a spare, and won’t get caught in the dark.


Although most road trips go off without a hitch, always take these essential safety items along, just in case yours doesn’t. Keep these tips from IKO Car Wash because thoughtful preparation could save a life — yours or that of someone you love.


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